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03 November 2017

1. Αnastasiades calls on Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots to abandon unacceptable positions and work for reunification

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots "must abandon all the unacceptable positions "we` ve been hearing during the past several days" and work constructively "to terminate the occupation and reunite our country." Addressing the opening ceremony of a seminar in Nicosia to mark "150 years since the inauguration of the central Church of the Apostle Andreas Monastery in Karpasia," which is situated in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, Anastasiades underlined that it is clear that the resumption of the negotiations and a positive outcome require the necessary preparation and cooperation by all interested parties and stakeholders, and "particularly of course Turkey, which is the party that bears the responsibility".

2. Cyprus solution the greatest reform for economic growth, President says

The solution of the Cyprus problem will be the greatest reform for economic growth on the island, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said, addressing the Economist conference, on Thursday, in Nicosia. On Brexit, the President said that Cyprus supports an enhanced political relation and a multi-level cooperation in key areas such as security, justice, trade and the economy.

3. Cyprus now one of the best performing economies in Europe, Regling says

Cyprus is now one of the best performing economies in Europe, European Stability Mechanism’ Managing Director Klaus Regling said, on Thursday, adding that like every economy challenges remain also in Cyprus. He was speaking after a meeting with Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, in Nicosia. Georgiades said from his part that the Cypriot economy now needs to set a solid foundation for this growth prospect.

4. Press reports on Cyprus’ AML practices do not do us justice, Finance Minister says

Recent press reports linking Cyprus with anti money laundering (AML) issues “do not do us justice”, Cyprus Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has said, adding that no other AML jurisdiction has been subject to a strict independent scrutiny. Justice Minister Ionas Nikolaou said from his part that “the government has reinforced the legislative framework concerning protection regarding money laundering practices, making it stronger than in other countries”.

5. Peace in Cyprus should be built from the ground up, says UNSG Special Representative

UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar has said that peace in Cyprus is a broader process that needs to involve people and that it should be built from the ground up. Spehar told the Economist conference that a lot of progress has been made in recent years and the parties came close to reaching an agreement in Crans Montana, last summer, but unfortunately this strategic agreement did not come.

6. Investment in Cyprus gas should not be delayed says Egyptian Minister of Petroleum

Cyprus and Egypt are trying to support all companies in the field of oil and gas in the region in order to proceed with projects, the Cyprus’ Energy Minister Lakkotrypis and the Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum Tarek El-Molla stressed on Thursday. El-Molla also noted that any delays in decisions regarding investments are not in favor of countries and companies.

7. Nicosia hosted the 2nd Cyprus, Greece, Israel trilateral meeting of heads of parliament

The heads of parliament of Cyprus, Greece, and Israel, Demetris Syllouris, Nikolaos Voutsis, and Yuli Yoel Edelstein, respectively, expressed satisfaction over the results of their 2nd Trilateral Meeting, on Thursday in Nicosia. The three men noted the “importance of parliamentary cooperation” in a Joint Declaration and agreed to meet again in Greece, in 2018.

8. Minister of Education: Cyprus committed to promoting UNESCO goals

The Minister of Education Costas Kadis has assured UNESCO of Cyprus’ commitment to the realization of the goals, put forward by the organization, particularly ahead of historic challenges. “We will continue to fully collaborate with our partners within the framework of this Organization to promote peace and solidarity among people, through education, sciences and culture” the Minister has told the 39th General Conference of UNESCO, in Paris.

9. Inflation marginally up in October

Inflation was marginally up in October by 0.1% on an annual basis, while for the first ten months of the year it increased by 0.7%, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service, on Thursday, show. “In October 2017, the Consumer Price Index increased by 0.58 units to 99.34 units compared to 98.76 units in September 2017,” a Statistical Service press release says. Compared to October 2016, CPI has increased by 0.1% while for the period January - October 2017, CPI has increased annually by 0.7%.CNA